Patience is Key
We often hear people say “patience is key” or “have patience” whenever we’re in an anxious state, or we’re nervous while waiting for something to happen. But because we’re so impatient to get results right away, hearing that feels inhibiting, and we end up in frustration. We feel like we’re just stalling when we think it’s important to get things done now. We’re intolerant to situations where our needs aren’t met right away. We are unable to delay gratitude. We are in a world where results are expected in an instant and technology is moving it quicker to meet expectations. How does this make patience the answer?
We are so used to getting instant results that we forget about the beauty of taking our time. We text our children to tell them dinner is ready instead of going up to their room. We check for today’s weather on our phone apps instead of going out to the front yard and see the skies. We ask people out via instant messages instead of showing up to their front door to ask them. While the wonders of technology have fast-tracked our lives, and we’re all for its convenience and efficiency as it increases our productivity. It has also created a world of intolerant people. It’s scary wanting everything to happen in an instant. We end up losing patience to hold out for more fulfilling events in our lives.
We treat our family like computer programs when we type commands instead of devoting time to create a loving bond. We barely notice nature and all its wonders because our eyes are glued to screens and our hands inseparable with gadgets. We treat people like disposables, like they only serve a specific purpose for a point in time, like they don’t need nurturing. Having patience allows us to take a step back. It allows us to take our time and know where to meaningfully invest it. Our direct support professionals know this best. Caring for the developmentally disabled, they know that constant small steps of progress plus patience will eventually take them to their goals.
It’s liberating to be patient. We have the emotional freedom to do things and let life happen as we enjoy it. Constantly chasing time thinking there’s not enough hours in a day leads to frustration and dissatisfaction. It makes us anxious, tense, and it kills our happiness. As it progresses, we tend to put things off to avoid annoyances. Conquering this will enable us to relax and feel good as we take on life. We can make it our choice how to deal with everything that’s happening. That is why our direct support professionals take it one day at a time with their clients. Doing so helps them notice the minute details that matter for their client’s progress.
Patience has been a core virtue of our direct support professionals. They understand that while we expect to get instant results and prefer convenience in our lives, in other areas life does not work just as quick and easy. This mindset has avoided them the dangers of not taking on a task because it seems impossible. With patience, they know anything can be possible if you give it the time it needs alongside care and compassion. Our direct support professionals know better than to stress out on situations outside their control. They don’t carry over negativity that may affect their work. If a task seems too difficult or long to finish, they don’t take the convenient path of not doing it or quitting, they take their time and assess every aspect to come up with a sound solution.
It takes patience to be patient. We tend to not take paths or make decisions that don’t bear fruits right away and that takes away the opportunity of a fulfilling and satisfying end. If stockbrokers lived with a short-term mindset, they wouldn’t see the value in investing in the stock market. If lawyers and doctors thought postgraduate school takes away years of the opportunity to make a living, we wouldn’t have beacons of justice and hope for the sick. If scientists didn’t have patience for years of experiments to reach a discovery, we wouldn’t have all the wonders we now enjoy today. As with our direct support professionals, if they didn’t have the patience to care for and support the developmentally disabled, we wouldn’t see their beautiful faces living to the fullest in our communities.
Here at 1st Choice Family Services, our direct support professionals are, to quote one of our service managers Hope Heskell, the backbone to our cause and the ones who work so hard to enable others to live their best life possible. Having patience alongside love, care, and compassion has made our company’s and clients’ success possible. That is why patience is key.